Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Is Your Content Being Plagiarised?

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Have you ever had your website content copied by someone else
without your permission?

Besides being illegal this has the potential to cause huge problems
for your rankings because it creates duplicates of your content

Unfortunately due to the extremely accessible nature of the
internet this unscrupulous activity happens all the time.

This nasty problem raises two big questions...

1) How do you know if your content has been plagiarised?


2) What can you do about it if it has?

This is quite a big topic but none the less very important so I
have chopped it up in to two emails for you hopefully making it
easier to digest.

In this email we'll answer question 1... finding plagiarised copies
of your content online.

In the next email we'll go in to what options you have if you do
find illegal copies of your content on the web.

So, to answer the need for finding unauthorised copies of your
content we built a feature in to DupeFree Pro that can help...

Using DupeFree Pro To Fight Plagiarism

** IMPORTANT UPDATE ** - 6th May 2010
The 'Online Check' function of DFP no longer retrieves search
results numbers from the three Search Engines (Google, Yahoo,
Bing/MSN). This is due to the Search Engines updating their results
pages. The good news is the bigger and better DFP v2.0 is due for
release later this summer. Read more here:


To find potential copies of your content online all you need to do
is copy and paste or import one of your articles in to a DupeFree
Pro window pane and then click the 'Online' button.

What happens now is DupeFree Pro picks five random sentences from
the article and performs a quotes search (i.e. "a random sentence")
on each of the 5 sentences in the top three search engines (Google,
Yahoo & MSN).

A search using quotes ("...")is an 'exact match' search and so the
search engines will only return web pages that contain the exact
sentence between the quotes.

This whole process happens in the background without you seeing it,
so please be patient for DupeFree Pro to complete the task. If you
have a slow connection you may need to be a little more patient
than usual... it will finish in good time! :)

When DupeFree Pro has completed the online check a browser window
will open displaying the results.

You will be presented with 5 sets of results; one set for each
sentence checked. However, if the article was very small and
contained less than 5 sentences in total only the maximum amount of
sentences available would be checked.

Each result displays the sentence that was checked and just below
that a number is output next to the names of each search engine
that was queried: Google, Yahoo & MSN. Each number represents the
total number of results found at that specific search engine.

These numbers provide you with an idea as to whether your article
may be appearing on someone else's site. If the number is '0' you
are probably OK, but if the number is '1' or greater you may want
to check out the search results to make sure your content is not
being plagiarized.

For your convenience, these search engine results numbers are also
hyperlinks which when clicked on open the associated search engine
with the search query already performed for you. This is useful if
you want to quickly verify the results for yourself and visit the
websites that may possibly contain your content.

Another good use for the online check function is to check whether
an article you have received back from a writer is truly unique and
not simply copied off a webpage. Simply run the article through the
online check to see if it appears anywhere else online.

There's also a handy 'hidden' feature in the online check function
which enables you to force an online check of a specific section of
text rather than just letting DupeFree Pro auto-select 5 sentences
at random.

All you need to do is first select a section of text in a window
pane by highlighting the text with your mouse and then when you
click the 'Online' button DupeFree Pro will use only the selected
text when querying the Search Engines.

Another good use for this feature is checking search engine
saturation of articles you have submitted to article directories.
For example, highlight the article title in DFP and click the
'Online' button to see how many times the article has been picked
up by the top 3 SE's. Bear in mind your article title will need to
be very unique for this to be accurate.

It is important to note that this online check function is not a
definitive solution for finding plagiarised duplicates of your
content. It can only check webpage's the search engines have in
their index at that time.

Plus if DFP picks a common or very short sentence during the check
a high number of results may be returned of which many are likely
not to contain your content. So, please do use your due diligence
when using this feature of DFP.

DupeFree Pro is particularly good for checking your offline
content. However, a service already exists that is very effective
at checking your online content; the content that's already present
on your websites.

The service is called CopyScape. They have become one of the most
popular plagiarism checking services online and in fact provided
inspiration for some of DupeFree Pro's features such the
highlighting and online checker.

Visit CopyScape below to learn how to protect your online content
for free:

Now you know how to find unauthorised copies of your content in the
next email we'll cover the options you have when deciding what
action to take if you do find any.

Talk soon,
DupeFree Pro


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